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Tulips Revisted – Part 2

Part two of my tulip fine art flower photography revisit. Photographed with the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF 16-55mm f2.8

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Tulip Revisit – Part 1

Just a quick post today after a rather lengthy hiatus. Some color and black and white photographs of tulips to get us back into the swing of things. These particular images will be going up for available prints at both sites for prints by me; this one and this one.

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Sunflower Photography: New Prints!

Today I’ve added two new prints to my Sunflower gallery. These are fine art images, one in color and one in black & white. I was really taken with the shape and form of sunflowers a few months back and it resulted in a rather large body of work on the subject.

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There are a few more images to be added to this catalog in the near future, likely just before Christmas ūüėČ

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As always, prints of my work can be found at desmondmanny.com.

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Tulips, Tulips, Tulips – Flower Photography

Today’s post is an update to my fine art photography catalog. I’ve spoken about the appeal of fine art flower photography before and these recent images reinforce the message. Tulips are¬†pretty common in the¬†genre, but with¬†good reason.

As usual, these images are all available as prints to be found here.

Tulip Gallery at DESMONDMANNY.COM

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This is the first to two major updates for this subject. The second will be coming later this year between some other major updates.

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As with all my prints, these are printed on archival matte papers so they are meant to last years. My own style of flower photography owes a lot to my love of images with lots of characters and harkens back to the style of late twentieth-century photography in many ways.

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Fine Art Photography Prints Available at DESMONDMANNY.COM

Tulips Gallery at DESMONDMANNY.COM

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Sunflowers – Flower Photography

I have been including fine art flower photography in my photographic oeuvre almost since I first picked up a camera. There’s no real mystery to it. I have mentioned it before but flowers are a fantastic photographic subject because of their availability and infinite form. There are very few flowers that are not a worthy of photographic attention. Of course, like everyone else I have my favorites. I’m very partial to lilies (Peace and Stargazer, thank you), tulips, and now sunflowers.

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Yes, consider the humble sunflower. Okay, it’s a pretty popular flower. It’s an evocative flower. The color, the shape of the petals, the variety of different breeds. All of this is in aid of saying that I photographed a ton of sunflowers recently.

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As usual, my fine art prints are available at several portals including artspan, pixels.com, and redbubble. Additionally, I’m offering a limited discount on a 20″ by 16″ canvas of Sunflower #6 here¬†(until September 13, 2017).

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These images have become some of my recent faves. I find there is something meditative about these particular images. There’s something about the shapes and textures of the sunflower. What do you think?

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Tulips – Flower Photography

 

There are a few flowers I really enjoy photographing. Lilies, tulips, and rhododendrons are counted among that number. As a common photographic subject, flowers are appreciated for their variety of form, intricacy, and emotional connection. Few people don’t have some level of appreciation for flowers. It’s no wonder that flower photography is such a popular genre.

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Take these tulips. I went for a classical representation. A simple black background and a single light source positioned to reveal detail. My goal with these images was to give the viewer a chance to appreciate not just the obvious prettiness of the tulips, but also take a moment to consider the amount of detail provided by nature. The lines of the petals, the dusting of pollen that can be seen in some the images, little details that can provoke an inner dialogue.

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I especially like the cutaway image that reveals more of the inner flower. It is an uncommon viewpoint, and I think imparts a greater sense of character. The slightly warm tone added to this black and white image was a whim, but one I think works.

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Each of the images shown here are important for me to have created. Like with any creative act it was about expressing something for myself and then sharing it with the rest of the world.Each of the images shown here is available for purchase here.

The images shown here are available for purchase here.

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Sakura (2017)

The cherry blossom tree that I photograph every year made an early bloom. I was fortunately quick off the mark because it really didn’t last long.

What is it about cherry blossoms? They are not the biggest nor the most robust of blooms. I think it has something to do both with their delicacy and the arrangments of the blossoms that seems almost painterly.

This must be why I always seem to photograph them with a shallow depth-of-field and the sort of subdued color that is well-represented by Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome film emulation.

Shot on the Fujifilm X-Pro2 with XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR (usually a portrait lens, but it close-focuses well enough for this purpose).

Prints available here.

Sakura (2017)

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Year’s End and X Marks the Spot

For the last blog post of 2016 there are some major changes to mention; I have officially set aside my Canon gear which I have shot with for over a decade in favor of Fuji’s X-system. If you move about the internet in photographic circles you have likely heard this story and its sentiments expressed…often.

Yes, a major consideration was size and weight, the Fuji system is compact, and this will be a boon to landscape and street photography. The Fujifilm X10 and X30 were my first forays into Fuji’s X-system and went a long way toward my decision.

The design of the Fujifilm X-pro2 and XT-2 is supremely suited to my style of shooting. The X-pro 2 seems to me to be the perennial street camera; discreet, controls that are easily accessed without moving the camera from the eye, and fantastic image quality.

The X-trans sensor in the X-Pro2 and XT-2 continues to impress me. Additionally the lenses that Fujifilm is producing to be used with these cameras is stellar. I currently have the 35mm f2 R WR, 23mm f2 R WR, 56mm f1.2 R, 90mm f2 R LM WR, and 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR. I favor the primes obviously, and skew toward the weather resistant (to complement the weather resistant bodies). The characteristics of all these lenses has really impressed me.

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Fujifilm X-Pro2/35mm f2
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Fujifilm X-Pro2/35mm f2

As many before me have said the out-of-camera jpgs from the X-Trans sensor are pretty remarkable. Here’s a comparison side-by-side with an image processed from the RAW file.

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Fujifilm X-T2 – Left: SOOC jpg (Classic Chrome film simulation) Right: Processed from RAW jpg

While the second image is tweaked more in line with my personal style, that SOOC jpg is pretty darn nice too.

Changing systems has meant some adapting to the way I shoot and process, but nothing unexpected and I am supremely confident in this system going forward.

Going to round out this post with a few more images from my first three weeks with the X-system. I hope the new year finds you all happy and happily engaged in your endeavors.

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Fujifilm X-Pro2 / 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR
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Fujifilm X-Pro2 / 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR
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Fujifilm X-Pro2 / 35mm f2 R WR
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Fujifilm X-T2 / 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR